Member update

BAcC conferences in 2022

by in Advert, Updates 16 February 2022

Helen Gibb
Learning and Events Manager

This September will mark three years since the last in-person BAcC conference was held, back when we couldn’t have predicted what was to come. Although the world of events has adapted and move forward immeasurably in the last two years, allowing us to continue hosting events online, nothing can replicate the joy of coming together in person.

The pandemic has however made hosting live events more logistically and financially challenging, with venues also being heavily impacted and in turn increasing their prices. It has therefore been a longer process than usual to find a venue that not only has availability, after years of rescheduled events being moved to 2022, but was both in an accessible location and could make hosting our events financially viable without having to impact you by drastically increased ticket prices. It was a tall ask! I was therefore pleased to announce the venue last week as Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre. Situated in Stone, Staffordshire the venue not only has three local train stations, with good links from across the country, but also has free onsite parking.

Event dates

ARRC Symposium – 16 September

The BAcC Annual Conference – 17-18 September

Changes

Firstly, as you may know, the ARRC Symposium is usually held in March each year and our initial plans were to do the same this year. However, during the final stages of confirming a venue came a new variant and yet more uncertainty over new restrictions and a possible lockdown. With too many potential risks and no guarantees of how safe it would be to hold the event in March 2022 we made the decision to move dates. This gave us the unique opportunity to bring our two annual conferences together across one weekend.

Secondly, the eagle-eyed amongst you may also have spotted a change in name for the conference. It was clear having joined last year that the old conference title, whilst being historic and a brand within the industry, was years out of date and was no longer appropriate. This was also clear to members. As we head into 2022 it was important to move forward with a name that will better stand the test of time and we’re pleased to be rebranding as The BAcC Annual Conference.

Programming and tickets

We’re working hard behind the scenes to curate our programmes and launch tickets for both events as soon as possible. We will have student, member and non-member rates available for both events with a variety of ticket options to suit all requirements from one day to overnight and gala dinner packages. Keep an eye out in enews for the latest event announcements.

Wellness sessions

The importance of wellness and taking a moment for yourself, to slow down where possible, has come to the fore more than ever since the start of the pandemic. Although I think it’s safe to say, most of us still struggle to find the time in our schedules to do this. We therefore want to provide a space during The BAcC Annual Conference for you to take a moment at any point that suits you during the weekend. So, carrying on the tradition of having movement classes at the conference, we will be offering a variety of classes that run alongside the regular speaker-led and discussion-based sessions.

We would like to welcome members to put themselves or a fellow practitioner forward to provide a session or two on the programme. Be it qi gong, self-tuina, yoga, meditation etc. we’d love to hear from you. Please contact me on events@acupuncture.org.uk with 100 words detailing your experience. Please note, putting yourself forward does not guarantee a slot on the programme, but we will keep your name on record for future events.

The latest updates will be announced in enews but if you have any queries, please reach out to me on event@acupuncture.org.uk. We’re really excited to bring in-person events back this year and can’t wait to see you in the West Midlands this September.

Helen Gibb

Learning and Events Manager

16 February 2022